A local independent film dances to the spotlight


Last Taxi Dance is a new independent film that takes a fresh look at World War II through the eyes of girls who worked for “ten cents a dance”.

The director of Last Taxi Dance, Brayden Yoder, was inspired by this part of Hawaii’s History. 

“Taxi-dancing begins in Hawaii well before the war when plantation workers who had come over from Asia without wives would come into the city to dance with women for ten-cents-a-dance,” Yoder explained.  

“During the war years, all of these bars and entertainment options got taken over by the massive amount of GIs who were passing through Honolulu on their way to and from the Pacific theater.”

The Last Taxi Dance features an all local cast and crew and includes award-winning musicians.

Yoder shares why showcasing local talent was important to him. 

“We had immensely talented people coming out for almost zero dollars yet everyone seemed very happy to be there and excited about what we were making,” Yoder said.

“I think that’s because a lot of us feel that we have to start doing this, we have to start making local content – that we can’t always be a backlot for LA, making big blockbusters all the time. To have a local, sustainable film community means we have to be making our own films at home, too and share our own stories.”

There’s an upcoming screening event happening at the Hawaii Theatre on Thursday, August 23rd at 7:00 p.m. For tickets, visit Hawaii Theatre’s website.  

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